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Employers Behaving Badly

Chelsea Rice, for HealthLeaders Media, August 26, 2013

Hospital CEO spies on physician
The NSA isn't the only body hacking into phone calls and emails.


Louis Kraml


Louis Kraml, CEO
Bingham Memorial Hospital

In Idaho, the CEO of Bingham Memorial Hospital, Louis Kraml, submitted a guilty plea in response to misdemeanor charges of stalking in the second degree, the state attorney general's office says.

Along with a group of the hospital's IT staff, the Kraml was originally indicted on a federal charge by a grand jury for illegally intercepting and recording phone calls from June 2009 to August 2010 between one of the hospital's former physicians and his staff.

The information came to the surface as a result of an 18-month, $500,000 investigation paid for by the hospital's board, which was investigating a series of allegations about inappropriate conduct at the hospital.

According to the summary of the hospital's internal review, a legal firm was investigating allegations that "BMH secretly monitored and recorded telephone conversations to and from a BMH doctor's office for a few weeks during 2010."

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Don Stumpp (8/28/2013 at 1:35 PM)
I don't perceive the UPS move as negative or an employer behaving badly. It is what needs to happen. The current situation is another 'cost-shift' that needs to be eliminated. Why does UPS need to pay for health coverage of a spouse who works at Denny's or some employer who skates by without offering insurance? Don't most dual-income families go through the math to determine whether their insurance should be through the husband or wife? An employer will pick up new covered lives as your employee spouse gets offloaded by the other employer. I contend it's a good thing. The US has chosen employer-based coverage, so employers should not take care of other employer's employees! It's that simple.